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Preparing for IPv6, Pt. II: Tunneling and Dual IP Configurations

Posted by on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 with 0 Comments

IPv6 Technician

An IPv6 technician at work. Image source: FlukeNetworks.com

Most IT professionals are keenly aware that IPv6 is the future. It has been for over a decade, as IPv4 addressing space has been running out of room.

While many proclaim the shortage is not as bad as it seems and that techniques such as subnet masking can help alleviate the upcoming shortage to some degree, at some point the move to IPv6 is inevitable.

Some operation within the confines of IPv4 is going to have to occur. In the grand scheme of things, there is simply too much network equipment out there to expect everything to have IPv6 capabilities yet. IT will have to decide whether to tunnel IPv4 devices to a backbone for IPv6 support or use dual IP.

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Preparing for IPv6, Pt. I: Why Are IT Organizations Dragging Their Feet on IPv6?

Posted by on Monday, November 18th, 2013 with 0 Comments

IPv4 Graph

This graph illustrates the dwindling IPv4 addressing space. Image source: Wikimedia.org

Many in IT have known for years that available IPv4 addressing space is going to run out. After all, that’s why there is a push by big technology companies like Google to promote IPv6, and as one of the largest web providers on the internet, Google even has a site designed to help prepare for IPv6.

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